This is a grounded and realistic example of secondary world-building that works well as an intelligent locked-room mystery and also gives us a cerebral, multi-layered protagonist. Game Of Thrones fans will find plenty to enjoy in the story's sharply-played political skulduggery, and this first book in the series stands as an intriguing introduction to a world that's challenging and provocative without falling into Grimdark clichés (SFX
A richly written, always engaging work, with well-developed characters and a nice mystery to get stuck into (SciFiNow
Charan Newton's new novel Drakenfeld
shares more with the historical fiction and detective fiction novels than it does with traditional epic fantasy, but there's just enough to his world that will make this feel just at home with most epic fantasy readers. The result is a deliberate, interesting novel that grows in scale from beginning to end (io9.com
is an interesting blend of Historical Fantasy and Crime Fiction, set in a beautifully imagined world that seems to have been inspired by Ancient Rome . . . a novel that became more and more interesting as the depths of its groundwork became clear (The Book Smugglers
Not every story has to have its own completely unique and original world. Sometimes taking inspiration from a past era works out better than creating a new world, and Mark Charan Newton proves that he can do both (Fantasy Literature
From the Back Cover
THEY'LL KILL TO HIDE THE TRUTH. HE'LL KILL TO FIND IT
The monarchies of the Royal Vispasian Union have been bound together for two hundred years by laws maintained and enforced by the powerful Sun Chamber. Nations have flourished as a result, but corruption, deprivation and murder will always find a way . . .
Following his father's death, Sun Chamber Officer Lucan Drakenfeld is recalled home to the ancient city of Tryum and rapidly embroiled in a mystifying case. The King's sister has been found brutally murdered - her beaten and bloody body discovered in a locked temple. With rumours of dark spirits and political assassination, Drakenfeld has his work cut out to separate superstition from certainty. His determination to find the killer quickly makes him a target, as the underworld gangs of Tryum focus on this new threat to their power.
Embarking on the biggest and most complex investigation of his career, Drakenfeld soon realizes the evidence is leading him towards a motive that could ultimately bring darkness to the whole continent. The fate of the nations is in his hands.
'Game of Thrones fans will find plenty to enjoy in the story's sharply played political skulduggery . . . an intriguing introduction to a world that's challenging and provocative without falling into Grimdark clichés'
'A smart, interesting thriller'
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